A little bit about Thiago...
Thiago was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of two. Thiago was nonverbal, making only squealing sounds and barely making eye contact when we decided to refer him to Early Steps, where he was found eligible and started receiving speech therapy, occupational therapy, and sessions with an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist, all completely free! We also had a social worker who helped us coordinate everything. Once we received the diagnosis from a neurologist, we added ABA therapy, which has genuinely allowed Thiago to flourish. Thiago can speak now, and he loves to read and sing! Thiago is currently in school thanks to the transition program offered to us after aging out of Early Steps, and we are just incredibly grateful for all the services that have helped change our little one’s life.
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